52nd Cartagena International Film Festival

52nd Cartagena International Film Festival, Colombia (February 23 - February 29, 2012)

The Cartagena Film Festival, or Festival Internacional de Cine y T.V. de Cartagena de Indias (FICCI) is the oldest film festival in Latin America. The Festival was founded in 1960 by Victor Nieto in the city of the same name on the tropical Caribbean coast of Colombia. The Festival focuses on the promotion of Colombian television programs, Latin American films, and videos.

For this 52nd edition of the festival, under the direction of Monika Wagenberg, the organizers made a concerted effort to improve both the physical and the human infrastructure. Following the transformation of the Adolfo Mejía Theater into a world-class movie theater in 2011, this year the FICCI has turned turned its attention to other venues in Cartagena's Historic Center. The Convention Center has been fully renovated, complete with a new screen, 35mm projectors and a new sound system. Contenders in what has shaped up to be the most exciting documentary competition to date in the history of the festival, saw their films screened in a professional digital theater at the Palacio de la Inquisición. It is important to notice that the entrance to the mayority of the screenings and activities at FICCI was free for the visiting audiences.

Cartagena International Film Festival: www.ficcifestival.com 

FIPRESCI PRIZE

The Student El estudiante The Student
(Argentina, 2011, 110 mins) Jury: Gustavo Noriega ( Argentina) , Pedro Adriàn Zuluaga (Colombia) , Renzo Fegatelli (Italy)
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Secret Lives and Chance Meetings

by Gustavo Noriega

Even though it didn't win, A Secret World (Un Mundo Secreto), young Mexican director Gabriel Mariño's opera prima, was still one of the best quality movies in competition in the 52th edition of FICCI (Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias). read more

The Forward Playboy of the Forties

by Renzo Fegatelli

In December 2011, Heleno (Heleno — O Príncipe Maldito), a Brazilian film by José Henrique Fonseca, won the prize for best actor, Rodrigo Santoro, at the Havana Film Festival and was also in competition here. read more